[ While Linux is not mentioned in this story, Compaq's
commitment is one of the largest yet to the ASP concept, where
Linux is currently popular and its future prospects are bright; see
related stories below - LT ed. ]
"Compaq will become more aggressive on financing and on
forming strategic alliances with partners, said Mark Linesch, vice
president of Compaq's dot-com and service provider solutions
group, while giving a speech here at the Santa Cruz Operation
(SCO) Forum on Wednesday."
"Houston-based Compaq will spend $1 billion on enabling ASPs
(application service providers) with its services, Linesch
said. He went on to say that Compaq is looking for more partners,
such as resellers, ASPs, and distributors. "We need to get more
aggressive with our alliances," he said."
"One ASP currently looking for customers is Nortel Networks. One
of the biggest challenges for Nortel's ASP division is to gain
customers' trust. Giving an ASP control of a company's systems is
scary business, said Craig Maszer, director of the ASP strategy
group at Nortel, who also gave a speech here at the SCO Forum."
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